Thursday, 28 April 2011
Although now fitted with some ugly industrial machinery, her graceful lines and quality of construction are still apparent.
Monday, 25 April 2011
Many years ago I started riding motorbikes on an early 1960's Royal Enfield Crusader which was a 250cc single cylinder, it was old, neglected, unreliable and had been painted a horrid emerald green by one of the many previous owners. It was certainly nothing like this 350cc Bullet which is immaculate and complete with sidecar, which has a charming "Wallace & Grommet" quality - Have tools will travel.
Friday, 22 April 2011
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
On the scrubbing piles, boats were waiting for the tide to drop for the afternoon low and a good clean up.
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Some canoes were drawn up on the foreshore at Hamble at the weekend, this type of open top kayak are very popular. Some are used by canoeists, for pottering or exploring and as a stable platform by fishermen.
I've been thinking one of these would be ideal for pottering around the river, being able to put it on the roof of the car would be useful as would facing forward to see where I'm going instead of seeing everything in rear view when I'm rowing
Then I spotted this, fitted with a small outboard it must be one of the smallest motorised canoes around, that's what I want, mind you the motor kill cord would have to be a hair trigger!
Thursday, 14 April 2011
This cute cutter looks like it has a sporty edge, with short bowsprit and bumpkin, the top section of the Bermudian mast supported with jumper stays, she echo's back to pre war days.
Further down the harbour pilot cutter Morwenna was maneuvering in the marina beside the National Maritime Museum, the last time I saw her was in Cowes for the start of the Fastnet race and I see from her web site that she will be competing again this year.
These two luggers on the Maritime Museum pontoon were built by students of the Falmouth Marine School based on a local boat Veracity which was built by J. Blewett of Newlyn for a Mr. Paul Humphreys of Mousehole in 1902. Veracity was 33ft LOA but the new boats were scaled down to 22ft, last time I looked they were for sale.
Further up Carrick Roads at Mylor some of the still working boats were to be seen, to preserve the fishery oyster dredging is only allowed under sail so there area has a number of working boats like this one. The mast looks like it's been reclaimed from a modern yacht and put to good use.
FH18 looks fast just lying to her mooring, racing has always been a facet of the local fleet, with working boats carrying a cloud of sail in the summer races.
Other boats seem less well cared for, or perhaps it's just the result of a busy working season and a winter which has dragged on for too long, in the meantime she waits patiently for a lick of paint and a scrub to start the new season.
Sunday, 10 April 2011
Fowey was just getting going after the winter so most of the boats were still ashore but the outlook was no less delightful.
The settled high pressure brought with it clear sunny days, but in the mornings the steeply wooded river would be misty until the sun broke through, The local gig teams didn't seen to mind, here they are out early on Sunday morning rowing past the moorings under our balcony.
Friday, 8 April 2011
Apparently Laser sailing and other things got in the way of rowing for a few years, but last year David started rowing in earnest often from Hamble up to the Horse and Jockey pub at Botley. Actually I'm surprised we haven't seen each other on the river, but maybe that's because rowers face backwards!
Over winter David took his Wherry along to local boat builders Casse Tete Marine who did some remedial work and installed these immaculate thwarts.
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
It was a great surprise when a card dropped through the post box a few days ago, Roger and Nancy have created a card using images of Nancy lee with the accompanying words which absolutely sum up a cold but exciting winter sail .
Roaring bow wave
Joy that lingers
Sunday, 3 April 2011
Sadly I had forgotten to take my camera along for my early morning run and by time I returned the tide was flooding, but there was still a goodly extent of Hamble mud to be seen.
This Cornish Shimper is a new arrival on the river or at least new to this mooring. Although a modern boat in all respects, designed by Roger Dongray in the late 1970’s or early 80’s she has strong links back to work boat heritage and looks right at home on her mooring at low water springs.
Friday, 1 April 2011
I don’t normally pay much attention to statistics around the Burseldon Blog, taking the view that I write about things I like and if people read them all well and good. But on the Blogger dashboard recently my curiosity got the better of me.
The information available is incredible, it’s possible to see which pages have been viewed, how often, which countries are viewing, even the source of viewer (presumably the previous site they visited). All very interesting stuff; and no doubt there are people who understand how to use all this information to increase the numbers of people visiting a site. But the thing that caught my eye was the page view summary for February below.
It shows how many times each of the pages of Bursledon Blog was viewed during February and what a surprise; Valentine Cookies was far and away the most viewed page – and not by a small margin, but with nearly 10 times as many views as the next most popular page.
There’s an old saying “lies, dam lies and statistics” well maybe we should add “and the truth about Burseldon Blog readership”. Not wanting to waste an opportunity to increase the readership watch out for upcoming posts on “Bursledon Bikini”, “Solent Stockings” and not forgetting “Hamble High Heels”.